Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you'’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer web sites. That'’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures web site performance.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you'’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer web sites. That'’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures web site performance. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

That’s a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law’s open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out.

Sebelius disclosed the new figure during a hearing Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee.

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